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  1. I think a LOT of the BW crowd are people without passes. They have done a great job increasing traffic with their "seasonal rental program" with local ski shops. Kids rent skis for the season (<$150) and it comes with a free BW pass. Parents then do trips up there a few weekends/year. Based on the crowds there on the weekends and holiday weeks, I don't see there being an incentive to participate in a bigger collective. My family does the WMSP because we have a place in Lisbon and Cannon conditions can sometimes suck (ice, wind, etc), so having BW as an option is worth the extra $300. I also suck in the trees so I like the BW glades ☺️
  2. We have a place in Lisbon, which is a 2 1/4 hour drive from home on Friday night. Then we drive about an hour from there to Wildcat on Saturday. And since we don't have Peak passes, it's $156 for our family of 5 to ski (little one is still free). I'm leaning toward no, as we have stuff we could (and probably should) do at home, but I really want 1 more day of skiing!
  3. But it's going to be raining and windy...are they really going to open/run? And even if they do, do I want to go?
  4. My favorite are Haze and Green. The husband insisted we spend a kid-free morning after a wedding waiting in line for beer. It's good beer, but I'm not sure it's worth the effort...
  5. Sat: Cannon or Bretton Woods (wind dependent) Sun: Cannon Monday: Likely BW as I'll be solo with all 3 kids and the bigger ones can have more freedom without an adult at BW (less dangerous stuff to get hurt on)
  6. Cannon was a mess on Saturday, which was only made worse by unusually large crowds (or maybe that was just a result of the upper mountain being closed). We left at lunch. Sunday it skied like a totally different mountain. The snow was great, and there was even a little powder on the upper mountain. Let’s hope it stays like that for a few more weeks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. But at least there is still summit access...they've been running the tram in response.
  8. I'd guess Bretton Woods will be completing the Gondola (that was supposed to be in this winter) and building out the new summit lodge. What I really wish they'd do is put in another HSQ to summit of Mt. Stickney and add more trails over there!
  9. Took the 8 and 10-year-olds down the snow fields on Saturday. I’m a big wuss and it was the steepest thing I’d ever skied, but we all had fun and made it down in 1 piece [emoji1787]! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Awesome! Thanks for feedback. The walk won’t phase him...he regularly hikes the saddle at Cannon and even hiked Lafayette last week. Maybe we’ll see you there tomorrow. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. I saw they're opening the backside snow fields at Sugarloaf. How intense are they? The 10-year-old is always wanting to ski the hardest thing he can, and so far he's been able to handle it all (DJ's and Kinsman at Cannon, Left Gully on Tucks, etc.). How do the snow fields compare?
  12. We're looking at spending a lot for passes next year. $979 x 2 for the adult superpass, $359 x 3 for kids Cannon pass, free kids BW pass with their ski rentals. $649 x 2 for the adult Ikon Base, $159 x 3 for kids Ikon Base. Total = $4810 (ouch!) We are weekend/school vacation skiers who have a place in NH and ski every weekend. The Ikon will be new for us, but we plan to go west next year. The cost for tickets for a week out west is slightly more than the Ikon, but this will allow us to ski at Sugarloaf, Loon, Sunday River, and Killington as well.
  13. We passed on Cannon this weekend because of the wind on Saturday, but also because we assumed it would be an ice rink after the thaw/rain/freeze. We headed to BW with low expectations because it had been such a rough week, but we were very pleasantly surprised! Granted, I have young kids, and the 5-year-old loves BW because he can feel like a rockstar there, but we skied all weekend and never saw boilerplate. By the end of the day there were some icy spots, but you could just ski over them. On Saturday the lifts were running slow, but they were all running and surprisingly, the lift lines weren’t too bad. Sunday the conditions were even better. Yes, the terrain is a bit dull, especially when the trees are not in play, but my family and I managed to have a great time there this weekend, and I doubt we could have had a better time at any other mountain in the area after the weather last week! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Had planned to ski Cannon on Sat/Sun, but with the latest thaw/freeze cycle we may head to BW to avoid ice skating...
  15. Bretton Woods: Sat & Sun (we've got family visiting with a big mix of skill level)
  16. We were there yesterday as well, and I was very glad I had just sharpened my edges! The wind was pretty brutal, and my smaller kids were getting physically blown around at the top, so we stuck to the mid-mountain. After lunch when the snow started falling, the light was so flat I felt like I couldn't see anything, and the snow just covered the exposed ice but didn't actually improve conditions, so we called it quits just after 1. It looks like there will be some snow tomorrow into Wednesday, improving things considerably for the weekend!
  17. Saturday - Cannon Sunday - TBD (Cannon or BW depending on ice/snow conditions on Saturday)
  18. Saturday - Cannon Sunday - TBD (Cannon or Bretton Woods) Monday - Bretton Woods Tuesday - TBD (kids don't have school so taking a vacation day)
  19. I tried Candyland (I think) over on Mittersill last year (not sure...we went in from the top of the T-bar) and didn't love it. In early December the kids (and husband) convinced me to do the Go Green Glade. The conditions were great, but it was too tight for my liking. I've been wanting to try the snowmaker's glade, but like you, can't seem to figure out how to get there!
  20. Cannon on Saturday Cannon or Bretton Woods on Sunday (depending on wind and conditions and my desire to ski trees, as I'm too chicken for most of Cannon's glades 😢)
  21. Thanks for this! We'll be there this weekend, but I'm thinking our time on the mountain will be limited due to the very cold temps...

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